Month: March 2014

Who Do You Think You Are?

Have you ever wanted to be someone else? I typically like where I am and would rather be me than anybody else. But there are occasions when I fervently wish I could trade lives with someone who seems to have it all together. Like last fall, when Jack went rogue at the zoo and we had to flee in a…

Divergent: My Unsolicited Review

A few points I’m mulling since seeing the movie Divergent, with Dutch on his birthday (spoiler alert): 1. The male lead, called Four in the film, is Poor Mr. Pamuk of Downtown Abbey fame (from season one—just ask Lady Mary about him, mmm hmm). Mr. Pamuk is baa-ack and looking finer than ever. Theo James is his name and he…

Rainbows and Butterflies

You know what happens when things start to improve in my family’s life? I have absolutely nothing to say. Ok, that’s not true. I always have something to say. But when things start going better around here, my well of interesting writing topics dries up. What am I supposed to talk about when no one is throwing his shoes or…

Charles in Charge

Why is Charlie grumpy? Because he is six instead of ten. Because there is no letter K anywhere in his name, and K is his favorite letter. Because he doesn’t want brown hair. He wants blue hair. Why is Charlie scowling? Because his birthday is in March, but he wants it to be in August. Because Halloween isn’t happening again…

Yoga: Breathe Deeply and Try Not to Tip Over

You know the saying that some things are harder than they look? The adage is true in my experience, especially regarding: A) Baking bread (I’ve successfully baked lumps, but not bread). B) Parenting (Heck to the yeah). C) Replicating hair styles I see in pictures or on other people (They skipped me in heaven when they handed out the “impressive…

About a Blog

It would make sense for me to write that my decision to have a fourth child was this crossroads moment in my life. It wasn’t though. We had our youngest not because we wanted to, but because we knew that we needed to. It wasn’t a decision that we joyfully sang out to the world. It was something we begrudgingly…

Listing Things

Things Jack put in the boiling pot of potatoes as I was trying to make dinner: 1. A drapery hook. 2. His chewed-up gum. 3. One of Charlie’s homework pages that came apart into a hundred pieces when I tried to fish it out. Thing I almost missed: 1. Middle School registration for eldest boy, because I was at my…

Surprise Baby

I read an article this week about an Indiana woman who went to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and left a few hours later with a newborn baby. Mrs, Batchelor (the article never gave her first name) didn’t know she was pregnant. This mother of two thought she had gall stones when really she had a full-term baby in…

How Are You Doing?

I’ve found that when people ask me how we are doing, I have this panicky moment when I don’t know how to answer. I mean, they just want a quick, pleasant answer right? That’s what the question is about. It’s a social grace, not necessarily an invitation for a lengthy dissertation about how it’s really going. Do I lie and…